Bionova Heads to Baguio City for a Three-Day Training Course
Baguio City, Benguet — Bionova Livestock Group set off September with an interactive and intensive training course from the 8th to the 10th of September. It took place in the Baguio Dairy Farm, which was recently converted as an animal breeding and research center by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Cordillera. The three-day training event had 15 attendees which were composed of local farmers, lab staff, and veterinarians. The training was spearheaded by Bionova’s very own Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Alfonso Serrano, and resident veterinarian, Dr. Ix Binayug.
Topics of discussion during the lecture session included reproductive ultrasonography and Fixed Time Artificial Insemination which was further expounded during the practical exercise on the last day of the course. The three-day training ensured the adherence of COVID-19 protocols such as the wearing of masks, spaced out seating arrangements, and social distancing among other precautionary measures.
Learning the Theoretical Fundamentals
On the first day of the eight-hour training, Alfonso Serrano and Dr. Ix Binayug brought forth an engaging and in-depth theoretical discussion on the basics of cattle production and reproduction in the Philippines. The first part of the training also highlighted proper monitoring of a herd’s health and nutrition on a farm. They also focused on the significance of proper facilities and its management in establishing precise cattle care solutions in a farm’s long term plans.
The second half of the lecture touched on the basics and the key role of Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI), as well as the reproductive utilization of Ultrasonography during the breeding season. The first day of the course ended with an open forum and discussion on points that needed clarification, as well as concrete examples and case studies that further guided the attendees prior to their practicum.
Application of Theories
In the latter part of the training course, the speakers focused more on the attendees gaining a first-hand application of the theories discussed from the first day. Participants were subjected to a more hands-on approach when using the Ultrasound device in actual live cattle. This paved a way for them to assess their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to applying their learnings. Practical exercises were thoroughly conducted to see how participants were able to comprehend the effectiveness and efficiency of Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI) in dairy farming.
The lecture and simulation course was capped off by a speech from Mr. Robert Domoguen, the Officer in Charge (OIC) of Baguio Animal Breeding and Research Center (BABRC). He acknowledged Bionova’s effort in shedding light on its farmers, lab staff, and veterinarians, with regards to alternative and innovative cattle solutions to dairy farming. Practicing the use of the ultrasound device and conducting seamless insemination is a process they’ve grown keen on improving. Overall, the seminar successfully instilled a sense of curiosity and an eagerness to learn; a core initiative Bionova continues to uphold its constituents to date.